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June 15, 2012

By Andrew Wyner

Billion-Dollar Deal with Russian Firm Sets Off Contracting Alarm



Day by day, Bashar al-Assad's brutal Syrian regime continues to crack down on its own civilian population. So when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Russia this week of providing attack helicopters to the Syrian government, most Americans were rig

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 17, 2012

By Neil Gordon

Air Force Lifts Booz Allen Suspension, Contractor Admits to "Broader Systemic Ethical Deficiencies" and "Additional Improper Actions"



On Friday, Booz Allen Hamilton announced that its San Antonio office was removed from the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) and regained full eligibility to compete for new federal contracts. Booz Allen entered into a three-year administrative agreement with the U.S. Air Force. We strongly encourage you to read the agreement, which contains several astonishing admissions about the company’s ethics environment and business practices.

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Topics: Contract Oversight, Whistleblower Protections

March 8, 2012

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Drug Busts, Hurricanes, and Torture, Oh My! 10 Key Inspector General Investigations



dana liebelson With the release of POGO's new Inspector General (IG) vacancy tracker, we've sparked discussion about the important role IGs play in government oversight. We've also encouraged President Obama to appoint IGs in a timely manner, and asked the Senate to cons

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February 10, 2012

By Neil Gordon

Booz Allen Suspension: A Successful Failure



POGO has learned more details about the Air Force's proposed debarment of Booz Allen Hamilton's San Antonio office. This new information raises a troubling prospect about the revolving door between government and private contractors. Namely, that stopping its abuses often isn’t as easy as it seems.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 5, 2012

By Neil Gordon

Two Former Watchdogs Ring in the New Year on the Other Side of the Revolving Door



The Revolving Door Welcome to another episode of "As the Washington Revolving Door Turns." The two latest ex-government officials to land jobs with private companies formerly served as very high-profile watchdogs of those companies.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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